From the few presentations that I’ve done, I find that the single most useful tool that allows you to do a natural talk, instead of ‘going through a deck of slides’, is having a wireless presenter to click through. Not having to stand near your PC and being able to walk around and gesticulate makes for such a more flowing talk, for me it enables me to tell a story rather than explain slides. I take it I’m not unique in this respect, which is why I find it astounding that there doesn’t seem to be a real market for such devices. Sure, Logitech makes one model. One, as opposed to, what, 30 different mice. And then on the other end of the scale there’s companies like Targus that make really crappy devices. Now, to enlarge my amazement, when you look closely at these devices
- there’s no design in the sense that anyone gave thought to ergo-dynamics or functionality
- there’s no design in the sense that they look even mildly pleasing
- most of these devices seem like a tv remote, only smaller
- most of the cheaper ones still use IR in stead of radio, and I don’t think any do Bluetooth, which just seems silly
With the number of people making a (part of their) living doing presentations, you’d guess that someone would have jumped to this opportunity and created a device worth paying for. Presentation pros are bringing their own $500 wireless mics, they sure would be willing to spend on a well designed clicky thing. No one wants to be stuck behind their laptop, and no one wants their style cramped by clinging on to a clunky device that doesn’t fit one’s paw.
There’s only one candidate to do this right, really: Apple. They make the superior presentation software (are you still on Powerpoint? come on!), and their sense of style and design knowledge makes one suspect that they’d be the ones to figure out just how thing needs to be shaped and controlled. So please Mr. Jobs, tell your peeps to create a device in the $50 range that is easy to hold and use, looks nice and works like a charm. Maybe not a 100 million units to be sold, but you’d sure as hell get a big bunch of new loyalistas from the biz users.
Just my $0.02.